Pre-medical studies at HMC are very different than pre-medical studies at other colleges and universities because of our special focus on science and engineering. HMC students who do pursue medicine as a career are often, but not always, interested in biomedical research and may consider M.D./Ph.D degrees. Our curriculum is very intense and challenges students to achieve mastery of a very broad spectrum of technical disciplines and also a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences.
The Strengths of an HMC Education
For pre-medical students that are broadly interested in a lot of science and want to be challenged to excel in the technical disciplines as a foundation for a later career in medicine, HMC is the perfect place to get a superb undergraduate education that will prepare them well for a successful experience in medical school and beyond. Our students who apply to medical school receive letters of recommendation that are very personalized because our faculty members know our students well. In addition, our students have many opportunities for undergraduate research, another thing that med schools look very favorable upon.
Things to Consider
For students that are narrowly focused on admissions to medical school, HMC is not necessarily an ideal choice because we have a very rigorous core curriculum including courses in quantum mechanics and systems engineering (great courses but more challenging than those taken by many pre-medical students). The reality of medical school admissions is that GPA plays an important role and the lack of grade inflation, coupled with the demanding course load, can be a significant challenge for students applying to medical school directly from HMC. In addition, our students do not have as much time to devote to clinical volunteer opportunities due to the heavy academic workload. Some of our alumni have found it necessary to do post-bac or graduate study after graduation in order to put together an ultimately successful medical school application package.
Recent Alumni in Medical School
Typically 2-3 students per year apply to medical school. Recent alumni have been attended medical schools such as UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, USC (M.D.-Ph.D), Loma Linda, and Northwestern (MD-PhD).
If you love math, science, and engineering and are looking for a challenging, exciting, and personalized learning environment, then attending HMC would be a great match. Applying to medical school is more challenging from HMC and may require extra work, but is do-able, as our alumni have demonstrated.
Additional questions can be directed towards the faculty pre-medical coordinator, Prof. Jim Eckert via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.